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eastward Syllabification: east·ward
Pronunciation: /ˈēs(t)wərd/

Definition of eastward in English:


In an easterly direction: they followed an eastward course
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  • Thus Hellenism in its eastward course and Buddhisn in its westward march came in direct contact in Gandhara art and worked out artistic sculptures and other art forms.
  • The last four hours of paddling we held an eastward course from Orcas to the mainland.
  • On the other side, in East Africa, the eastward pressure of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, combined with the opposite forces generated by the impact of India, created enormous stresses.


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Toward the east: the bus rattled its way eastward
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  • In the lower elevation of Pinto Basin, Joshua Tree's creosote flats sprawl eastward and forever toward Arizona.
  • However, the general circulation in the Santa Barbara Channel tends to be cyclonic, which often advects cool surface waters eastward along the northern coasts of the Channel Islands.
  • The Antarctic Circumpolar Current, sometimes called the West Wind Drift, circles eastward around Antarctica.


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The direction or region toward the east: a squall came from the eastward
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  • To the eastward of the deep water berths, there is about half a mile of docks used by small oversea traffic, and the accommodation provides for vessels of 16 feet of water and 1,000 tons cargo.
  • He was riding away to the eastward, as fast as he could make his horse go.
  • Burroughs's specter also told Ann Jr. that he had bewitched a great many soldiers to death at the eastward, when Sir Edmon was there.



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  • This was consistent with the left-drifting, receding UFOs in the video which indicated the objects were therefore drifting north eastwardly as expected.
  • ‘Presently I heard a voice, saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn!’ while at the same time my visitor extended her arm and forefinger eastwardly.
  • He stole a horse and left the town to relocate seemingly at random to different towns along a eastwardly course.

Words that rhyme with eastward

northeastward, southeastward

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